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On 1 July, the Delhi government moved the apex court seeking a stay on the Delhi high court’s proceedings in the tussle between the Centre and the city-state. Photo: Mint
On 1 July, the Delhi government moved the apex court seeking a stay on the Delhi high court’s proceedings in the tussle between the Centre and the city-state. Photo: Mint

Supreme Court to hear plea on Centre-Delhi govt tussle on Tuesday

Supreme court on Monday directed the matter to be taken up by a different bench

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday posted the matter on the tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government to be heard on Tuesday after the current bench refused to deal with it.

Directing the matter to be taken up by a different bench, a bench headed by justice J.S. Khehar said, “We direct the Registry to obtain instructions from the Chief Justice of India for posting the matter before another bench."

On 1 July, the Delhi government moved the apex court seeking a stay on the Delhi high court’s proceedings in the tussle between the Centre and the city-state.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for the Delhi government, had said that an authoritative ruling by the apex court was required on whether Delhi can be considered a state under the Constitution.

This becomes relevant as the Supreme Court would then have exclusive jurisdiction to deal with disputes involving states and the Centre.

The Delhi high court has reserved its verdict in a batch of petitions challenging a May 2015 notification of the ministry of home affairs, replacing a 1998 notification on the powers of the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) and the Delhi government.

The 1998 notification said that in matters of public order, police and services, the L-G of Delhi would consult the chief minister, and in other cases, the reasons would be recorded. The new notification, however, said that in police and other service matters, the L-G could make decisions independently.

The matter will be taken up by a different bench on Tuesday.

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